A week ago today I had an L5-S1 micro laminectomy-discectomy, and was home feeling just fine a mere 5 hours later. (I've had a lot of people praying on my behalf, and I credit those prayers with the smooth sailing I've enjoyed throughout this surgery and recovery.) I have just one question at this point, as I'm not finding much info specific to it on line.
I lost my ankle reflexes a week or so prior to my surgery, and they haven't returned. While I realize that each of us heals differently and at our own pace, I'm wondering if any of you have a story to tell about YOUR experience with recovery if you, too, lost these reflexes.
Since I've been home, I've been walking, walking, walking. In fact, today I logged just over 5 miles. The only residual effect of my herniated disc is the loss of these reflexes and a little lingering numbness in areas of my foot. After the debilitating sciatica I'd endured for weeks (thankfully no longer), I'm as pleased as punch with my results!
Waiting patiently to hear from fellow ankle weaklings. 8>
06.17.09: Left L5-S1 micro laminectomy-discectomy